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Escape and evasion

  • Trevor Morris
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


Now obviously, if you were flying over enemy territory

and you were shot down, they're not gonna give you a cup

of tea or then say come sit down by the fire

and have a warm and have a bowl of soup.

They're probably gonna knock

seven bells out of you or interrogate you.

So, to give us an idea, what would happen,

they used to put us on escape and evasion exercises.

The idea was it's two o'clock in the morning,

they'd wake you up to put your flying suits on

and your flying boots.

They'd give you a map with no directions on it,

nothing except a map.

They'd give you a pack of sandwiches and they'd say, right,

and they'd put you in a vehicle like a coach.

All the windows would be taped over

so you couldn't see where you were

and they'd drive you through the night.

You couldn't see where you were going.

Drop you off and they'd say, right,

you have to get back to the rendezvous.

So you'd have to get out of the coach

and away you'd go to get back

to wherever the rendezvous was.

Now, that's easy enough.

But you didn't know where you were.

The army, the navy, the RAF,

the police were all looking for you.

If you were caught, you'd obviously interrogate you,

try and find out where you were going.

So I got into this village in the pitch black

and I could see a direction sign

so I shinned up it and guess what it said?

Wet paint.


So I slipped down the post, covered in paint

and got caught by a big policeman.

So he locked me up, I was taken away and locked up

in St Ives jail, where I was interrogated.

They didn't do anything particularly nasty to me

but I was in there for two days.

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